West Ham United have revealed they would be interested in signing Andy Carroll on loan should Liverpool allow the striker to leave this summer Sky Sports understands.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his squad after securing an immediate return to the Premier League last and is reportedly eyeing an ambitious move for Carroll.
The pair worked together during Allardyce’s short spell as manager at Newcastle United in 2007 and speculation intensified that he is bound for Upton Park.
New Reds manager Brendan Rodgers revealed earlier this week that the 23-year-old could be sent out on loan with the striker struggling to replicate the form he showed on Tyneside since his £35 million move in January 2011.
West Ham co-owner David Gold admitted the club would like to bring Carroll but insists no approach has been made for the England international until Rodgers has made a decision on whether he wants to keep the forward.
“I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool over Andy Carroll,” said Gold.
“But that’s not to say we don’t have an interest should he become available.”
Carroll has found life tough on Merseyside since leaving his Geordie roots 18-months ago with injury and the burden of expectation weighing heavily on his young shoulders.
A return of 11 goals in 56 games for Liverpool has done little to justify former boss Kenny Dalglish’s decision to fork out a club record fee with Rodgers suggesting a temporary switch.
“A loan is something I would have to look at. It can benefit the club in the long term,” He said
With former Magpies teammate Kevin Nolan captaining West Ham there is a feeling Carroll would welcome reuniting with his close friend.
One potential stumbling block could be the fact the London club are still £70m in debt and wouldn’t be able to afford the England strikers’ £80,000-a-wages.